Lowry & Baker (and a thank you brunch)

If you’re in the Portobello area of London this weekend and casting around for a good breakfast, lunch time salad or afternoon cake and a cup of tea, you could do a lot worse than Lowry & Baker at the very north end of Portobello Road.


Let me eat cake

I took Frances here for brunch last Saturday in return for all the Scrabble-sitting she has been doing lately while I’ve been doing cover-work in an office (very strange after five years as a home worker!) and I can see this becoming a regular haunt of mine.

Lowry and Baker tea cups

Just like home (but better)

Lowry & Baker is tiny little place with a very ‘New York’ vibe about it – all low key and quirky with cool, hipster staff that run a tight ship from behind the kitchen counter, serving up perfectly frothed cappuccinos alongside a mix of eggs benedict, chocolate brownies and big salads filled with exciting things like butternut squash, pine nuts and goats cheese.

Lowry and Baker cafe Portobello Road

Flowers from next door...

This artsy one-room cafe is like walking into a cosy private kitchen, and with decorative touches such as hanging coffee cups, shelves of cookery books, mis-matched crockery and colourful posies of flowers (purchased from Floral Studio next door) on each table – as well as a domestic oven in which the home-baked quiches, lemon tarts and savoury muffins piled up on the counter are cooked up on the spot – you quickly feel at home.

Frances and I squeezed into a tiny table at the back and, after a brief gander at the menu – written up in chalk on the blackboard by the window – both plumped for the toasted sourdough with mashed avocado, poached eggs and smoked salmon.


Hipster staff member mashing avocado

This dish is evidently a house favourite (one hard-working staff member seemed to do little else but de-stone avocado and mash them) and, perfectly executed as it was with such obviously fresh and high quality ingredients (no doubt sourced from the market outside) – I can now call it a personal favourite of mine too. In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger, “I’ll be back.”


New brunch-time favourite

Lowry & Baker
339 Portobello Road
W10 5SA

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